Archive for November, 2016

For a more responsible Facebooking

We are glad that Facebook has restored the account of journalist Inday Espina-Varona after it was erroneously blocked last Monday morning. What happened to Inday’s FB account shows how things have gotten out- of -control with Facebook, the social media phenomenon with over 1.79 billion users, almost a fourth of the world’s population. Monday evening, […]

November 30, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  6 Comments

Advice to Duterte: check on your hubris

The statement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales that the plunder and graft case filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV against then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is being investigated reassures those who are worried that the issue would be buried with the election of Duterte to the presidency. Many were afraid that the Ombudsman ‘s office would […]

November 28, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Governance, Media  3 Comments

Duterte wants media as watchdog and partner

By VERA Files President Duterte welcomes media’s role as watchdog even as he considers it a partner in informing the people about what the government is doing for them, a Palace official said. In a message he delivered in behalf of Press Secretary Martin Andanar at the launching of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) website […]

November 26, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media, Vera Files  2 Comments

It’s stomach upset, not jet lag; latest version why Duterte missed APEC dinner

So it was not jet lag that was the reason why President Duterte was absent in the gala dinner heads of state attending the 2017 Leaders Meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Lima, Peru last Saturday as he earlier told reporters. It’s stomach upset. In his interview at the Wireless Catholic Cemetery in […]

November 25, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Media  4 Comments

Gems from Amanpour speech Filipino journalists can identify with

CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour has been awarded the Committee to Project Journalists’ Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.” In her acceptance speech Tuesday night, she urged media to hold firm to the basic values of journalism: “As a profession, let’s fight for what is […]

November 24, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Media  One Comment

The public’s right to know about the President’s health

President Duterte’s absence in two traditional events in the 2017 summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC once again raises the need for Malacañang to inform the public of the health of the 71-year old chief executive. We know it’s a sensitive subject for Duterte but the public’s concern is valid and recognized […]

November 22, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Health  9 Comments

SEC policy disallowing reverse search a blow to transparency

First things first: I’d like to thank each and every one who took time to attend the whole day launch and conference of the Media Ownership Monitor Philippines ( ) last Thursday. My special thanks to Press Undersecretary Enrique Tandan who delivered the keynote address in behalf of Press Secretary Martin Andanar, who was in […]

November 21, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media, Vera Files  4 Comments

The powers behind media in the Philippines

Oftentimes, many people including government officials blame media for the many problems that they face in their governance. Media-bashing was a standard fare in many of the speeches of former President Aquino. President Duterte has followed the same line. Although the media-bashing reflects a warped appreciation of the role of media, it is also a […]

November 16, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  One Comment

Trump, Duterte share stance on key US-Asia issues

By CHARMAINE DEOGRACIAS VERA Files IF newly elected US President Donald Trump makes good his campaign threat to pull the United States out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), he might also pull the plug on the its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines. Trump has called the international security alliance “obsolete,” saying […]

November 15, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments

Lack of public outrage emboldens Duterte to float writ suspension

Two things came to our mind when we read about President Duterte’s threat of suspending the writ of habeas corpus if lawlessness in Mindanao worsens. Number one, his “Kill, Kill” strategy in eradicating the illegal drug problem is not solving the problem despite 4,000 killed. Number two, the public has been desensitized by all these […]

November 14, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights  4 Comments